Mammoth Mountain, CA, April 18--Powder chasers should head west this spring. An overnight storm whitened the mountains, bringing anywhere from 2-12 inches to ski resorts.
Bear Valley and Mammoth Mountain, both in the southern part of the state, are reporting a foot of new snow today. Further north, Kirkwood Resort netted between 8-12 inches and Heavenly got between 5-7 inches.
Most resorts are boasting bases well above 100 inches: Kirkwood 108-192 inches; Mammoth 96-144; and Boreal 96-120.
For the third year in a row, California ski resorts are setting up for an extended ski season. Several ski areas--including Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, and Squaw Valley--have already announced that they will be open through Memorial Day.
Forecasters are calling for more snow this week, which should give a boost to spring conditions.